Chester T. Kamin is a senior partner at the Chicago-based law firm of Jenner & Block, LLP where for over forty years he has had a business trial practice that includes antitrust, intellectual property, real estate and financial institutions litigation. He was a long-term member of the firm's executive committee. He has acted as lead counsel in many significant trials and appeals, including the landmark antitrust case of MCI Communications Corp. v. American Telephone & Telegraph Company, which resulted in a $1.8 billion jury verdict and led to the break-up of AT&T.
Mr. Kamin has been active in public service, serving as Special Counsel to the Governor of Illinois and Commissioner of the Illinois Law Enforcement Commission. Mr. Kamin has held leadership positions in bar associations at the national, state and local levels and has been recognized as a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. He currently serves as Adjunct Professor at the University of Chicago Law School in the field of antitrust and telecommunications and has served on the Visiting Committee of The Law School. He has written numerous articles and lectured in a variety of continuing legal educational programs.
Mr. Kamin has served on a number of charitable boards including the Lyric Opera Guild Board, Chicago Volunteer Legal Services, Committee on Illinois Government, and An Alliance for Action, a joint educational initiative between the National Writing Project and the National Collegiate Athletic Association. He was board chair of Sherwood Conservatory of Music and currently serves on its Advisory Board following its merger into Columbia College of Chicago.
His cultural and avocational interests include music, drama and the visual arts. He plays cello, which he has studied at Sherwood Conservatory.
Mr. Kamin holds an A.B. magna cum laude from Harvard College and a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School, where he was a contributor to the Law Review. He is married to Nancy Schaefer, also a lawyer. The couple reside in the South Kenwood neighborhood of Chicago and have two adult children and three grandchildren.